Work on the 'The Holy Bible in Modern English' began in 1853 by a London businessman named Ferrar Fenton (1832–1920). The complete Bible was first published in 1903, though some individual bible 'books' were published as separate volumes during the preceding 11 years.
Fenton is well known for a rearranging of the books of the Bible into what the author believed was the correct chronological order. In the Old Testament, this order follows that of the Hebrew Bible. The name of God was translated throughout the Old Testament as "The Ever-Living".
Fenton is an exciting translation that shows respect and gives clarity in many areas where other translations fall short. This Bible is described as being "translated into English direct from the original Hebrew, Chaldee, and Greek languages."
Henrik Borgström assisted Fenton with his translation of the Book of Job, which first appeared in 1898. The book of Job was "rendered into the same metre as the original Hebrew, word by word and line by line". His translation of the New Testament is based on the Greek text of Westcott and Hort. The ordering novelty in the New Testament is that it places the Gospel of John and the First Epistle of John at the beginning before the Gospel of Matthew, thus placing the Acts of the Apostles immediately after the Gospel of Luke.
Notable as well, is Ferrar Fenton's restoration of the Psalms into the musical verse form as close to the original as he could get. The Psalms were, quite literally, songs, complete with instructions for the "choirmaster" as well as descriptions of the proper musical instruments to be used. Today Psalm 48, Psalm 137, and Psalm 23 are still sung in churches, albeit to tunes not the original.
This bible is named the "Revised Fenton" because it puts things back into chronological order. In many cases, whether in error or not, Ferrar moved some parts of the scriptures down to the footnote section. These re-ordered verses have been returned to their chronological order as they are currently found in the King James Version. There was no alteration of the wording or intended meaning of what was originally intended by Mr. Fenton."
Welcome to the new blog section. Join us in this exciting effort to display the works of Ferrar Fenton! The Holy Bible in Modern English is now fully digitized and can be seen for it's creative and artistic beauty as well as for the spiritual edification that we all need through the daily study of the scriptures.
This project actually began in 2012 when the conversion of scanned images, using OCR software, revived a very beautiful but tangled digital version of Ferrar Fenton's work. The major part of the editing, including verse alignment, OCR errors and chapter breaks took over one year. Still, as we go there are minor fixes to punctuation and a few odd necessary edits.
In its very raw form, 'The Holy Bible in Modern English' went online with a free but very undependable web hosting service in 2014, where it has been ever since.
With thanks to the generosity of others, just recently, the site has been moved to its current home. This hosting service is by far superior to the previous but costs are high so we are maintaining an ad service to help offset the costs.
|RF JOB 15:1||
The Second address to Eliphaz.
|RF JOB 15:2|| How can wisdom discuss with the wind?
Fill his breast with a blast from the East?
|RF JOB 15:3|| Contending with beggarly words,
And speeches that never avail?
|RF JOB 15:4|| Shame on you! You break all respect!
And degrade meditation with God!
|RF JOB 15:5|| Your mouth is familiar with sin,
And false reasons you choose for your tongue!
|RF JOB 15:6|| Your own mouth shall convict you—not I!—
And your own lips shall answer yourself!
|RF JOB 15:7|| Were you the first man that was born?
Were you made before the high hills?
|RF JOB 15:8|| Have you heard the Council of God?
And is science reserved to yourself?
|RF JOB 15:9|| What do you know that we do not know?
Understand?—and it is not with us?
|RF JOB 15:10|| The grey-headed are ours, and the old,
More revered than your father for days!
|RF JOB 15:11|| Are God's warnings a trifle to you?
Or with you has He spoken alone?—
|RF JOB 15:12|| Now what have you taken to heart?
And at what are you rolling your eyes,
|RF JOB 15:13|| That your fury you turn against God?
And you fling out the words from your mouth?
|RF JOB 15:14|| How can a man hold himself pure?
And the son of a woman be just?
|RF JOB 15:15|| Why! He cannot confide in His saints,
And the skies are not clean in His sight!
|RF JOB 15:16|| Much less the corrupt and defiled,
The man who sucks folly like drink
|RF JOB 15:17|| I will teach you, so listen to me;
For what I have seen I relate I
|RF JOB 15:18|| What the wise have reported to us,
And their fathers have never concealed,
|RF JOB 15:19|| To whom only the land had been given,
And no stranger had passed in their midst,—
|RF JOB 15:20|| 'That the days of the wicked are torments,
"All the years of oppressors are fears,
|RF JOB 15:21|| "In peace terrors shout in their ears,—
"' Destruction is coming for you! '—
|RF JOB 15:22|| " He dare not turn out in the dark,
"For he fears an assault by the sword.
|RF JOB 15:23|| " He is startled at food at all times;—
"He knows the dark day is at hand;
|RF JOB 15:24|| " Disturbance, and trouble, and anguish,
"Assail like a king armed for fight;—
|RF JOB 15:25|| " For he stretches his hand against God,
"And ventures against the Most High;
|RF JOB 15:26|| " He charges close up to his neck,
"To the hard bosses fixed in his shield.
|RF JOB 15:27|| " Though he covers his face with his helm,
"And strengthens his loins with flaps.
|RF JOB 15:28|| " Yet in ruinous towns he shall dwell,
"In houses where none will reside,
"Which are ready to fall into heaps;
|RF JOB 15:29|| " He never gains station or might,
"And his wealth does not last on the earth.
|RF JOB 15:30|| " He can never escape from his sin;—
'' His boughs shall he shriveled by flame,
"And he fades by the breath of its mouth!
|RF JOB 15:31|| So let no one trust vain deceit;
"For deception will be his reward,
|RF JOB 15:32|| " Be paid him, before it is due,
"And his branches will never be green.
|RF JOB 15:33|| " He will cast, like the vine, sour grapes,
"Like the olive will scatter his bloom;
|RF JOB 15:34|| " For the house of the wicked is barren,
"Fire burns up the tents of the vile!
|RF JOB 15:35|| Who breed evil, and bring forth their sin,
"Contriving deception from birth."